This first month of business at Acro Enso has been such an amazing adventure. Figuring out how to create a warm and welcoming space for all you, movement enthusiasts, has been one of our biggest start up goals, and has required us to make difficult decisions about how to grow this space. Based off the recent inquiries we’ve received; we’d like to share a little context on a particular decision we’ve made on whether we should fill our studio with mirrors.
To decide yes or no, we first reached out to a group who would have a very strong opinion on this matter: the dance community. After all, dance is one of our main disciplines, and most dance studios you find are usually filled with mirrors. Surprisingly, we heard a wide range of opinions among dancers, both advocating and opposing the use of mirrors. After going back and forth we finally turned to our good friend Maggie Stack, a highly educated and experienced dancer, who teaches contemporary for professionals here in our space.
Maggie informed us that mirrors are a great tool for understanding the body. However, after years of training with and without mirrors, Maggie found that her practice benefited more when she couldn’t see her reflection. Maggie believes, that as a dancer, the key to molding your body into various positions and shapes is a deep, physical understanding that requires you to feel every morsel of yourself from the inside. “There’s so much to investigate,” she remarks - “your bones, muscles, blood, flesh - and it’s easy to forget parts of the body when you’re seeing a one-dimensional version of yourself.”
Maggie encourages all of her dancers to tune into the full 360-degree study of the body by directing focus on the self and away from the reference of a mirror.
We understand there are mixed opinions on this, however, we agree with Maggie on this concept of connecting with the self. This idea applies to all the movement forms we enjoy here at Acro Enso. We believe connection is what truly inspires the authentic movement in our lives and we’re happy to encourage this in others. So, in the end we chose to not fill our walls with mirrors and instead we plan to use this space in different ways. Come sample one of our many dance classes and see for yourself what we have to offer. Stay stayed tuned to learn more about Maggie Stack and her dancer story in our next blog. Thanks for reading!!